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STL Ponds and Waterfalls
08-22-2009, 11:57 AM
I'm new to lighting so I'm trying to find some quality lights to use in a project. I'm trying to find some "Hammered mushroom" style path lights for about $30-$40 a pop. I know you get what you pay for, but some lights are just way to high and are not the high quality that they claim or customer service sucks. Any ideas would be appreciated. You can PM if you don't want to post here.

Has anyone used "Affordable quality lighting"?

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
08-22-2009, 12:07 PM
There are a huge number of quality manufacturers out there, offering a vast array of quality fixtures. Unfortunately, the price point you are looking for is typically representative of retail level, DIY quality product.

You do get what you pay for. If you are looking for professional grade, quality fixtures and components you are simply going to have to increase your budget.

Would you put a value level pump into one of your ponds or waterfalls?

STL Ponds and Waterfalls
08-22-2009, 02:34 PM
Would you put a value level pump into one of your ponds or waterfalls?

Depends on the budget since they all last about the same time.

I found some nice Kichler lights for the price I stated so I'm just searching for more options.

Classic Lighting
08-22-2009, 07:17 PM
I saw some nice light at the Home Depot today. I think they were around $30. Try that.
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TXNSLighting
08-22-2009, 07:51 PM
I saw some nice light at the Home Depot today. I think they were around $30. Try that.
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STL Ponds and Waterfalls
08-22-2009, 07:52 PM
I saw some nice light at the Home Depot today. I think they were around $30. Try that.
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Thanks, but I'll stay away from the Malibu stuff. Since I'm new to the lighting I'm just asking qusetions.

Steve B
08-23-2009, 11:06 AM
I'd go with the Kichler then. I haven't seen anything in that price range outside of HD and Lowes.

wurkn with amish
08-23-2009, 11:07 AM
Keith, look at focus or fx lighting(Jd Landscapes)(or Lesco carries these). they will have something closer to 50-60 dollar range tho. and if all else fails check the Cascade lighting link at the bottom of the page. Linda is very knowledgable.

GreenLight
08-23-2009, 11:21 AM
Not mushroom (generally more expensive in my area), but if you have a local ewing around you check on the FX copper tulip or Hadco Horizon path light. They are pretty generic (personally I like generic path lights) but the price is right around your asking range.

STL Ponds and Waterfalls
08-23-2009, 11:23 AM
Thanks, finally some descent answers and not some smartass go to HD remarks.:hammerhead:

I know who the major players are, but don't know if there is a new/smaller company that is hungry to get thier name out.

Mark B
08-23-2009, 01:29 PM
I will take another drink after that one.

Classic Lighting
08-23-2009, 04:40 PM
I know who the major players are, but don't know if there is a new/smaller company that is hungry to get thier name out.

I interpret this as "race to the bottom" pricing. Stick with the big, established companies.

Pro-Scapes
08-23-2009, 06:53 PM
You pay a price for the cheaper pathlights... you get cheaper sockets..Cheaper wire to socket connections... Thinner material ... lower customer service etc. On pathlights especially the hat is often supported by glass which is a not something I normally would recomend using. Crappy ground stakes on some pathlights are even more of a headache.

I recently had an issue with a unique order in which I was shipped old stock on 3 items and a new item was drop shipped from unique. The one drop shipped did not match the others I got from my dist.

Joey made it right and overnighted me the right part. Even tho it was frustrating to me and caused another trip to the jobsite it was still a lifesaver I was able to text joey and get the right gear 24 hours later across the country.

Same goes for coppermoon and some other manufactures as well. Sometimes paying a few bucks more for a quality product and great service is well worth it. Think about it. You wouldnt miss an extra few bucks a fixture now.

David Gretzmier
08-23-2009, 07:40 PM
The lighting professionals on here take great pride in the experience we have. when we try to give others the benefit of our experience, it often falls on deaf ears. Hear this, and try to understand. i have installed inexpensive fixtures in the past, 10 years, 20 years ago. they fail. You need to increase your budget if you want to stand behind the project. This is not an answer you want, but anyone with experience knows it is true. you do not have experience in theis area, so we are trying to help you. Go ahead and go online and search and buy.

And for the record, pumps do not all last about the same amount of time. I installed my first water feature over 15 years ago. I've tried several brands, and the good ones, the expensive ones, last 3-5 years plus running continuosly. the cheaper ones go out in less than a year. I know.

STL Ponds and Waterfalls
08-23-2009, 07:59 PM
The lighting professionals on here take great pride in the experience we have. when we try to give others the benefit of our experience, it often falls on deaf ears. Hear this, and try to understand. i have installed inexpensive fixtures in the past, 10 years, 20 years ago. they fail. You need to increase your budget if you want to stand behind the project. This is not an answer you want, but anyone with experience knows it is true. you do not have experience in theis area, so we are trying to help you. Go ahead and go online and search and buy.

And for the record, pumps do not all last about the same amount of time. I installed my first water feature over 15 years ago. I've tried several brands, and the good ones, the expensive ones, last 3-5 years plus running continuosly. the cheaper ones go out in less than a year. I know.

I appreciate your time and efforts. I just wanted to see if there are any manufacturers that I just didn't know about that had good product for a more reasonable price. Last year we did a patio with pillars and the customer could not make up his mind for the pillar lights. I showed hm Kichler, Hadco, and one other that I can't remember. After 3 day's of this nonsense I called a lighting guru locally and he referred me To Hanover lantern. Big mistake! 3weeks went by and my purchase order was lost and 3 weeks after that I finally had lights but no base. I got the bases 2 weeks later. My point here is the big names don't always have the best service. I'll be using the Kichler light that I spoke about since they are carried by my supplier locally.

Pumps, that's another thread in itself. ADI, Tsurumi, Savio, Atlantic. Each one has gone out in a year and each one has lasted 4-6 years in some situations. Thanks for everyone's time.